The State of Washington opened a thirty-day window to apply for legal pot licenses and within six hours, three hundred would-be cannabis entrepreneurs submitted applications, according to the Department of Revenue. The vast majority of those hope to be pot producers or processors. Less than a quarter of the applications were for retail licenses.
Applications can be submitted in person, online, or via the mail. But it appears most of the applications are coming online. KUOW News reported from the Olympia licensing office—complete with a "take a ticket" line for pot applicants—and found two such people.
"This is amazing," pot grower Jeff Gilmore told the public radio station. "The state of Washington took two years of my life for growing marijuana two decades ago." Now he expects to get a state license to do the very thing the state sent him to prison for years ago.
The second pot grower, Chris Thompson, says he's been growing medical cannabis for the past four years. "Not only does it make me money, but I help a whole lot of people doing it." But with concerns that Washington's legislature may try to gut the state's voter-approved medical pot law, he reluctantly decided to plunk down $250 and apply for a license.